Marika Demers erg., PhD

Assistant professor

Contact details (Research)
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)
Institut de réadaptation Gingras Lindsay de Montréal (IRGLM)
6300 Avenue Darlington
Montréal (Québec) H3S 2J4

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514-343-6111 # 30897

Occupational therapy


  • B.Sc., Occupational therapy, Université de Montréal (2008)
  • M.Sc., Readaptation sciences, McGill University (2014)
  • Ph.D., Readaptation sciences, McGill University (2019)
  • Post-doctorate, Biokinesiology and Physiotherapy Division, University of Southern California (2019-2022)

Current research projects

  • Use of inertial sensors for the evaluation and treatment of motor impairments of the upper limb after a stroke
  • Development of a dance version of the GRASP program
  • Understanding of the impact of socio-cognitive factors on post-stroke motor recovery

Selected publications

  • Demers M, Varhese R, Winstein C. (2022) Retrospective Analysis of Task-Specific Effects on Brain Activity after Stroke. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, section Motor Neuroscience. 16: 871239. doi : 10.3389/fnhum.2022.871239.
  • Demers M, Pagnini F, Phillips D, Chang B, Winstein C, Langer E (2022) Development of an online Langerian mindfulness program for stroke survivors and caregivers. OTJR; 42 (3): 228-237.
  • Torriani-Passin C, Demers M, Polese J, Bishop L, Wade E, Winstein C (2021). mHealth technologies used to capture walking and arm use behavior in adult stroke survivors: a scoping review beyond measurement properties. Disabil Rehabil 2021 [sous presse] 1-13. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1953623
  • Chen YA, Demers M, Lewthwaite R, Schweighofer N, Monterosso J, Fisher B, Winstein C (2021). A Novel Combination of Accelerometry and Ecological Momentary Assessment for Post-Stroke Paretic Arm/Hand Use: Feasibility and Validity. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 10 (6), 1328. doi: 10.3390/jcm10061328
  • Demers M, Winstein C (2021). A perspective on the use of ecological momentary assessment and intervention to promote stroke recovery and rehabilitation. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2021;28(8):594-605. doi: 10.1080/10749357.2020.1856557.
  • Levin MF, Demers M (2021). Motor learning in neurological rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil 2021; 43(24):3445-3453 doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1752317
  • Demers M, Levin MF (2020). Kinematic validity of reaching in a 2D virtual environment for arm rehabilitation after stroke. IEEE Trans. Neural Syst Rehabilitation Eng 2020; 28(3):679-686. doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2020.2971862.
  • Demers M, Levin MF (2017). Do activity level outcome measures commonly used in neurological practice assess upper limb movement quality? NeuroRehabil Neural Repair, 2017; 31(7):623-637. doi: 10.1177/1545968317714576

Research interests

  • Assessment of upper limbs
  • Mechanisms underlying motor recovery after stroke
  • Interventions using innovative rehabilitation approaches
  • New technologies in rehabilitation
  • Stroke